Gladiator - Macdill Shipyards, Neptune orbitProject Gladiator was origonally planned as a detachable support craft for the USS Arsenal. The origonal prototype was built alongside the second prototype of the USS Arsenal, was given stronger hull plating, stronger shields, better more efficant pulse weapons, and more of a torpedo loadout.The Arsenal Class is Starfleets example of strength, armed with the most advanced weaponry, systems, and armour Starfleet has to offer.History of Project Arsenal - Mac-Dill Shipyards, Neptune orbitProject Arsenal has been in the works since before the Prometheus Class was built and put into fleet. Secretly, Starfleet used the Prometheus as a test bed for new systems, including the computer core and systems and bridge module, that were to be placed on the new Arsenal class. She is designated as one of 4 borg hunter vessels. When the initial prototype was built in 2372, a new warp core was placed in the prototype as a means to power the large ship (originally Excalibur Class size) at Red alert without draining secondary systems, reserves, and batteries. However, shortly after powering the expiremental warp core up for testing, a fault in the cooling system caused a breach and the ship and drydock was lost with all hands, and the project was mothballed.
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